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    Reading Resources


    Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health by Toni Weschler

    Pregnancy Childbirth and the Newborn: The Complete Guide by Penny Simkin

    The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth by Sheila Kitzinger
    Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth by Boston Woman’s Health Collective
    The Natural Pregnancy Book by Aviva Jill Romm
    Blessingways: A Guide to Mother-Centered Baby Showers by Shari Masser


    Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin

    Birthing from Within: An Extra-Ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation by Pam England
    Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way by Susan McCutcheon
    Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin
    The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer
    A Good Birth, A Safe Birth by Diana Korte
    Childbirth without Fear by Grantly Dick-Read
    Gentle Birth Choices by Barbara Harper
    The Birth Book by Martha Sears
    Birth Reborn by Michel Odent
    Having a Baby, Naturally by Peggy O’Mara
    Hypnobirthing: The Mongan Method by Marie Mongan
    The Birth Partner by Penny Simpkin
    Husband Coached Childbirth by Robert Bradley
    Giving Birth by Sheila Kitzinger
    Easy Labor by William Camann
    Survivor Moms: Women’s Stories of Birthing, Mothering and Healing After Sexual Abuse by Mickey Sperlich
    Birth without Violence by Frederick Leboyer
    The Nature of Birth and Breastfeeding by Michel Odent
    Transformation Through Birth by Claudia Panuthos
    Preparing for a Healthy Birth by Sylvie Donna

    VBAC and Cesarean
    Artemis Speaks:VBAC Stories and Natural Childbirth Information by Nan Koehler

    The Silent Knife by Nancy Wainer*

    Prenatal and Postpartum Wellness
    Nine Months Strong by Karen Bridson*

    Nutrition for a Healthy Pregnancy by Elizabeth Somer*
    Lose Your Mummy Tummy by Julie Tupler*
    Natural Health after Birth by Aviva Jill Romm*

    History of Childbirth
    BIRTH: The Surprising History of How We Are Born by Tina Cassidy

    Lying-in: A History of Childbirth in America by Richard Wertz
    Brought to Bed: Childbirth in America, 1750-1950 by Judith Leavitt

    Maternity Care System
    Born in the USA by Marsden Wagner

    PUSHED by Jennifer Block
    Obstetric Myths Vs. Research Realities by Henci Goer
    Birth as an American Rite of Passage by Robbie Davis Floyd
    Pursuing the Birth Machine by Marsden Wagner
    Birth Models that Work by Robbie Davis-Floyd
    The American Way of Birth by Jessica Mitford
    Expecting Trouble by Thomas Strong

    Baby Catcher by Peggy Vincent

    A Midwife’s Story by Penny Armstrong
    A Wise Birth by Penny Armstrong
    The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
    Midwives: a Novel by Chris Bohjalian
    The Midwife by Jennifer Worth
    Hearts Open Wide: Midwives & Births by Pam Wellish*
    Diary of a Midwife: Power of Positive Childbearing by Juliana Olphen-Fehr*
    Lady’s Hands, Lion’s Heart: A Midwife’s Saga by Carol Leonard*

    The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by La Leche League International*

    The Nursing Mother’s Companion by Kathleen Huggins*
    The Breastfeeding Book by Martha Sears
    Mothering Your Nursing Toddler by Norma Jane Bumgarner *
    So That’s What They’re For: The Definitive Breastfeeding Guide by Janet Tamaro*
    How My Breasts Saved The World: Misadventures of a Nursing Mother by Lisa Shapiro 
    Fresh Milk: The Secret Life of Breasts by Fiona Giles*
    The Ultimate Book of Breastfeeding Answers by Jack Newman*

    The Continuum Concept: In Search of Happiness Lost by Jean Liedoff*

    The Natural Child: Parenting From the Heart by Jan Hunt
    The Baby Book by Dr Sears*
    The Attachment Parenting Book by Dr Sears
    Natural Family Living by Peggy O’ Mara
    Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering by Sarah Buckley*
    Misconceptions by Naomi Wolfe

    The Business of Being Born (2007)*
    Pregnant in America (2008)*
    Orgasmic Birth (2008)*
    Attending Birth (2008)*
    Prenatal Yoga with Shiva Rea (2007)*
    Perfect Pregnancy Workout (2002)*
    Kangaroo Mothercare I & II (2001, 2002) *
    Baby-Led Breastfeeding(2007)*
    It’s My Body, My Baby, My Birth*


    “Just as a woman’s heart knows how and when to pump, her lungs to inhale, and her hand to pull back from fire, so she knows when and how to give birth.”  – Virginia Di Orio